Results 21–40 of 400 for in the 'Commons debates' speaker:Alex Burghart

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: I have always considered my hon. Friend to be a spreader of good cheer, and I now have a wonderful image of him traipsing around his constituency with a large sack upon his back. I can only echo his remarks; the headteachers and school leaders I meet share his and the Department’s determination to do the best for their children.

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: I fully hear what my hon. Friend says. As of this morning, all our guidance is up to date. We maintain a very good conversation with school leaders in what is obviously a very fast-moving situation.

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: I am very happy to echo my hon. Friend’s remarks about Great Grimsby. I look forward to telling education leaders myself when I visit in the new year. Absolutely, the message goes out: we know what is best for children and we are trying our very best to make sure that it happens.

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: Absolutely. I am very happy to confirm that schools have and will have the testing capacity that they need.

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: Absolutely. We have been very keen to make sure that we invest in the mental health of children and young people, following what has been an extremely difficult 18 months. I am very happy to join my hon. Friend in praising the primary school children of Ipswich and their artistic prowess.

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: My hon. Friend is a very powerful advocate for the cause that she raises. Those are shocking statistics. We kept education settings open throughout the pandemic for the most vulnerable children. Where pupils who are self-isolating are within our definition of “vulnerable”, it is very important that we have systems in place to keep in contact with them, particularly if they have a social...

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: We encourage everybody to test regularly. To do our very best to ensure the next term starts well, we will be encouraging all secondary school pupils to be tested right at the start of term and we are introducing a degree of flexibility on start dates to achieve that. Schools are now very experienced in making sure they take precautions so that infection is not spread when children are...

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank my hon. Friend for her remarks. She is a very powerful advocate for the position she has just set out. I repeat what the Secretary of State said at the weekend: he is doing everything in his power to ensure that schools will stay open.

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: I know my hon. Friend understands these issues extremely well. We very much want to keep schools open. We think schools are the best place for children in the midst of a pandemic, particularly vulnerable children who are in care or on the edge of care. We are determined that social work contact should continue, so that we can ensure those children will be protected.

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: It is always a pleasure to answer questions from my hon. Friend, who is an extraordinarily passionate advocate for children and education. He will have heard what I said. We want schools to stay open. We want exams to go ahead. We are working to that end.

Education: Technical Qualifications (6 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: Our review of technical education at levels 2 and 3 is providing new routes to work, ensuring that all students have qualifications, designed with employers, that meet the needs of the economy.

Education: Technical Qualifications (6 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: Any invitation to Crawley is too good to miss, and I would be absolutely delighted to come and see the roll-out of T-levels in my hon. Friend’s constituency. In my time as a Minister, I have had the pleasure of seeing many such colleges, and students and tutors are united in their enthusiasm for the project on which they have embarked.

Education: Technical Qualifications (6 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: My hon. Friend is a powerful advocate for the position that she has just outlined. The Government are committed to providing young people with technical skills and the knowledge to progress. Indeed, strong university technical colleges such as the outstanding UTC in Portsmouth are succeeding in equipping their students with these vital skills. I understand that she met my right hon. Friend...

Education: Studying Abroad (6 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: The Turing scheme is the UK’s global programme for studying and working abroad. Widening access is central to it, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds are offered additional financial support including an increased grant towards living costs and funding for travel-related costs. I understand that almost half of those who go on the Turing scheme will be from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Education: Studying Abroad (6 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: Absolutely. One of the things we wanted to do when we designed Turing was to ensure that it was a UK-wide programme and that young people from all parts of the United Kingdom could take advantage of it. That has included Wales, and indeed north Wales. Recently, I was lucky enough to speak to participants from across the UK, and we are seeing young people doing remarkable new things and having...

Education: Studying Abroad (6 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: The UK Government are putting £110 million into Turing, and I am delighted to say that in the first round 29 Scottish providers have been able to take advantage of this Treasury-funded scheme. More than £8 million in funding has already gone to Scotland. The other day, I was lucky enough to be at Glasgow University, where I met the chancellor and students, who were absolutely delighted with...

Education: Further Education Colleges: Upgrade (6 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: We are working to upgrade further education colleges through the FE capital transformation programme. We are investing £1.5 billion between 2020 and 2026 to tackle poor conditions in the FE estate and to ensure our colleges are excellent places for people to learn.

Education: Further Education Colleges: Upgrade (6 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: Going to Southport would be as great an honour as going to Crawley. I would be delighted to see how Southport is taking advantage of the £480,000 it recently received from the FE capital transformation fund.

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords] (15 Nov 2021)

Alex Burghart: As someone who has spent the majority of his life in education or education policy, it is a real honour to be presenting this Bill on Second Reading. The Bill forms a cornerstone of some historic reforms that we are bringing to the skills agenda in our country: reforms that will help us more closely align skills training with the needs of employers; reforms that will help us to help all...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords] (15 Nov 2021)

Alex Burghart: Rewriting history yet again: everybody knows that the last Labour Government left the economy of this country in the gutter and it required a Conservative Government to pick it up and to create the jobs miracle that we saw before the pandemic. We want the skills system to become more responsive to the needs and knowledge of employers, creating dialogue between skills providers and industry....


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